Originally created 02/12/02

Across South Carolina



University trustees address pay issue

ROCK HILL -Winthrop University trustees want an in-depth study of faculty salaries at the school, which has the lowest average professor pay among South Carolina's 12 four-year institutions.

The board voted unanimously Sunday during the third day of the board's annual retreat, a week after a faculty committee released a study showing their salaries are not competitive with those of other colleges.

According to the state Higher Education Commission, Winthrop's average salary for professors at all levels during the 2000-01 school year was $46,957 - less than professors at the University of South Carolina's two-year branch campuses in Lancaster and Sumter.

Judge dismisses case of 12-year-old bride

SPARTANBURG -The Department of Social Services has concluded its efforts in the case of a teen-age daughter of Laotian immigrants who married at age 12.

The girl, now 15, was in the custody of the Spartanburg County Department of Social Services in a girls home until she walked away from a group trip Feb. 2.

She was free to go because Family Court Judge James F. Fraley Jr.'s order dismissing the agency's abuse and neglect case against her parents and her common-law husband was already in the works, DSS spokesman Jerry Adams said.

DSS earlier accused her parents of giving her to then-29-year-old Wellford resident Cher Her for marriage for $5,000.

Lawyers for Mr. Her and the parents said the marriage arrangement was in keeping with customs of the Hmong culture to which Mr. Her and the girl's family belong.

'Suicidal' man killed when dragged by train

SPARTANBURG -A man described by a family member as suicidal has died after being hit by a train.

Stanley G. Alexander, 39, of Spartanburg, died Sunday morning of massive body trauma after being dragged 135 feet by the train, said Investigator Keith Plexico, of the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office.

The man was spotted on the tracks by the train's engineer, who blew horns to warn him.